Kamal Kothari

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How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

The Wearable Device That Could Unlock a New Human Sense

A neuroscientist and his team have created a vest to help deaf people hear through a series of vibrations.<p>In March, the neuroscientist David Eagleman stood on stage to give a TED talk on sensory substitution, the idea of replacing the duties of one sense by using another. He spoke of how little of …

Wearable Tech

Movidius raises $40M to make visual sensors for the Internet of Things

Movidius‘ vision is to build the visual sensors for the Internet of Things, making everyday things smart and connected. And that vision helped the company raise $40 million in funding today.<p>The investment is one of the biggest in a chip design company in the past couple of years, and it shows …

6 ways Singapore's SMRT hopes to impress tech-savvy commuters

Singapore’s subway operator SMRT has gotten a lot of flak lately for its many breakdowns. These have resulted in a change of CEO, from a former head …

Can meditation help prevent the effects of ageing?

Can meditation really slow down the effects of age? One Nobel Prize-winner is finding the scientific in the spiritual, writes Jo Marchant.<p>It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view …

University of London

What our descendants will deplore about us

How will the future view us? Tom Chatfield asked some of the world’s best minds, and discovered that we will be seen as barbaric in ways we may not even realise.<p>I had a discussion that made me ask a disconcerting question: how will I be viewed after I die? I like to think of myself as someone who …

Singularity

Stanley Miller's lost samples hint at 'spark' of life - Futurity

New analysis of forgotten samples from Stanley Miller's landmark experiments reveals another way that important molecules could have formed on early …

Atoms

Pediatricians' Rx for parents: Read to your kids every single day

Books are like medicine, and pediatricians should prescribe their daily use to build up the brains of their youngest patients, according to a new policy statement from the<p>American Academy of Pediatrics.<p>Parents should read aloud to their infants every day and continue to do so at least until their …

Which CES 2014 Smart Home System is Best Suited for You?

Simplicam watches your house while you're away, uses facial recognition to tell you who's home

WiFi cameras are a handy tool to keep tabs on your home, but they're really only useful if you're <i>looking</i> at them. Checking up on your family means pulling up an app, logging in and manually scanning your living room for occupants. ArcSoft says it has an easier way: facial recognition. By equipping …

10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2014

This will be the trend that we hope never ever dies. As the Web grows and becomes more involved, and as more things are developed, designers and Web developers are going to get their hands on them. If you thought parallax scrolling techniques were cool, just you wait.<p>Expect to see many more things …

These 3 trends will drive enterprise software development in 2014

<i>Himanshu Sareen is CEO of Icreon Tech, a global software development firm.</i><p>It’s hard to believe it, but 2013 is on its last legs. The year has been eventful to say the least in the world of enterprise technology. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, from mid-sized corporations to Fortune 1000 …

KidoZen lands $5M to free enterprises from single-vendor mobile apps

Vendor lock-in is a major concern for enterprises, which may want to migrate from SAP to Oracle or use several software solutions simultaneously.<p>KidoZen thinks those systems should play nice with each other — and it just raised $5 million from Third Point Ventures to make that happen in the mobile …

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

Got Tickets? Tixers.com is Creating a New Market for Unused Tickets

Ever have a ticket to an event that you found out you would not be able to attend? Whether it’s a sports game or concert, you basically have two …

Ordr.in's Open Platform Inspires Open Mindedness for Restaurants

One of the most prominent uses of the open platform we see in our day-to-day lives rests in the Android operating system. Developers who build their …

Nextt: A Private Social Network for Making Plans

You’ve probably noticed a minor backlash against the omnipresent Facebook in recent years, with the likes of Path’s limited-connections social app, Snapchat’s ephemeral photo-sharing and Couple’s, well, social network for couples.<p>Is there <i>really</i> room for one more in this busy space? The folks behind …

Japanese Personal Finance App Moneytree Raises $1.6M To Expand Into The U.S.

Moneytree, a personal finance iOS app, has received $1.6 million in seed funding led by DG Incubation (Digital Garage’s investment branch), with participation from private investors, including senior executives from PayPal, MasterCard and Morgan Stanley. The Tokyo-based startup will use the …

Clearleap Raises $20 Million From Susquehanna To Make TV More Multiplatform

Clearleap builds software infrastructure that helps content owners, distributors, and aggregators to make TV and movies available online and on a wide array of devices. While it’s spent the last several years getting U.S.-based video providers on board with that idea, it’s now ready to take on the …

First all-in-one coffee machine that roasts, grinds and brews heads to Kickstarter

Machines that grind then brew your coffee for you all in one are a dime a dozen. But one that fresh roasts you beans first, before grinding them? Well, according to Bonaverde Coffee Changers it's never been done, until now. The company's Kickstarter campaign is underway and chugging along towards …

Where is the next generation of coders?

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Education

Get Happier with Happify

Launched last week, New York City startup Happify is turning the latest research in positive psychology and neuroscience into daily activities to …

Who is The Challenge Cup Chicago's Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Health]

In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with <b>1776</b>, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the <b>Challenge Cup</b> – a …

Is Your Advice Worth the Cash? Celly Cents Thinks So

Some of us give really good advice – whether that’s career-related or just general life-related, some advice can steer someone in the right direction …

Occasion: Worlds Collide in Chicago and a New Platform is Born

In 2011, during his trip to Chicago, Kieran Klaassen used Airbnb to crash at Aksh Gupta’s pad; the two became fast friends. Two years later, Gupta …

Lily & Strum & A Successful Re-Branding

Let’s do a quick startup name etymology with Lily&Strum. “Lily” comes from the beautiful lilies that Traci Lipple would receive from her co-founder …

Because: A Platform for the Constructive Discussion of Social Issues

There are lots of places to go online to discuss social issues—Reddit, Facebook, personal blogs, news sites, etc. However, the problem with many of …

Mark Doyle and Scruddle, A Portrait of Determination

“Time has always been the biggest challenge, especially as a solo entrepreneur,” says Mark Doyle, founder and President of Scruddle. “I spent a lot …

Grapeword: Changing the Daily Deals Market Grassroots Style

Paul Nichols, founder of Grapeword, truly believes that his customer acquisition and retention company is the next big trend in daily deal models. …

Who are the Challenge Cup Berlin's Hottest Showcasing Startups? [POLL]

In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with <b>1776</b>, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the <b>Challenge Cup</b> – a …